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Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Cartel Land isn’t a documentary that goes through the thick plot that is very close to reality with ease and provides an opportunity to look through the eyes of drug smugglers. However, being a documentary that is focused on vigilantism, the depictions of people to take laws into their own hands and be the force that smites the wicked is the general premise of the documentary. It is to understand that the focus on vigilantism where removing one from the constraints of local and state law and keeping oneself on a pedestal is something that is quite common in American culture when it comes to American vigilantism. This documentary depicts this topic in an extremely symphonic way, showing the two sides of the dispute and providing an inside look towards how vigilantes, in reality, work.

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    Cartel Land is approximately about people who convert fantasy into fact, Heineman commences from a posture of sympathy. The film starts with Mexicans preparing food crystal meth in the desert, showing Heineman that they know their product wreaks havoc in the U.S., but, hey, it’s business. The world has two functions: showing these men, while individuals, haven’t any moral compass, and claim that Heineman himself gets to associated risk heading where few folks have gone before. Then he presents one of his own two protagonists: veteran Tim “Nailer” Foley, who works a paramilitary group called Az Boundary Recon that roams Arizona’s Altar Valley looking for both people who try to cross illegally and drug smugglers.

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    Good Guy Bad Guy

    Prepare to dive into lawless vigilantes that cloak themselves as the law; go through the Arizonian desert and fall into the documentary that truly “investigates” into the cartel and the situation in the American-Mexican border. This documentary will show you the “good guys” and the “bad guys”. After watching the documentary, you’ll get into a moral dilemma; whether the people hunting these cartels on the Arizona desert morally better when going after cartel members, drug smugglers etc. while acting above the law? Or is it better to hunt down the cartels that are using the black money to kill Willy Nilly? That’s for the viewer to decide.

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    What is vigilantism?

    This documentary is amazing and important at the same time; not only because of the current state of America, but also because of vigilantism that is a subject seemingly seems undermentioned but is, has been, and probably will be, a problem for the local authorities and the law and order situation of the country. It is important to consider American history and how vigilantism has different outcomes, whether it is from the KKK or the Arizona’s Altar Valley.  This documentary is a perfect fit for the current socio-political status of America and is highly insightful. Don’t miss out on this masterpiece of a documentary; not only is has scenes that reflect cultural and social differences, the norms rooted inside American culture can be clearly shown here.

    Cartel Land is absolutely amazing and worth watching for anyone looking for an insightful documentary close to home. To watch Cartel Land, click here.

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    Published on September 25, 2020

    The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew)

    The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew)

    We’ve all experienced the effects of stress in one form or another. Feeling stressed out sucks, especially when it becomes chronic.

    Stress affects everything from your digestion, immune function, cognition, and mood. In simplest terms, stress is your body’s response to changes that take place in your environment that are deemed ‘unsafe.’

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect environment for a full-blown stress meltdown. It is normal to feel stressed right now. The world feels like it’s upside down—literally.

    On top of that, the uncertainty and constant health threats surrounding COVID-19 have led to a surge in mental health issues. A study found that 70% of the U.S. population have identified as moderately to severely distressed since the onset of the pandemic.[1] Can you relate?

    It has never been more important to master our emotional health. The pandemic has shown us that, while we can’t control the external world, we always have control over how we respond to it.

    Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone deals with it in the same way. The good news is that you have the power to effectively manage your stress so that your world doesn’t feel like it’s falling apart every time you’re hit with a challenge.

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    Before you can do that, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection works.

    The Mind-Body Connection and Stress

    Despite popular opinion, the mind and the body are not two separate entities. Your physical body impacts your emotions and visa versa. As you can imagine, if there is disharmony in the body, there will also be disharmony in the mind, which in turn will influence your stress levels.

    One study found that the type of energy patterns that are carried by certain words and intentions can cause physical changes in DNA structure which become the building blocks of your body.[2]

    Have you ever felt a nauseous feeling in your stomach when you’re anxious about something? If so, you’ve experienced the mind-body connection at play.

    The next time you find yourself saying something negative, remember that your thoughts determine how your body behaves. Negative emotions contribute to dis-ease in the body. Be mindful of the words you speak because your body is always listening to you. What you think, you become.

    The Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body

    Life is a rollercoaster ride which means that stress will happen. You cannot hide from it. The best thing that you can do is take preventative measures to ensure that stress doesn’t wreak havoc on your mind and body over the long-term. Here are 3 lesser-known effects of stress.

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    1. Weakened Immune System

    Your health is your wealth. Without you, you have nothing. If you don’t have a strong immune system, your body won’t be able to fight off disease and/or viruses.

    COVID-19 has taught us how important it is to take care of our immune systems. If you want to maintain a strong immune system get a good night’s sleep, do regular exercise, eat healthy foods, take immune-boosting supplements, and commit to relaxation practices.[3] This is how you will train your immune system to work for you instead of against you.

    2. Gut Problems

    There is a strong correlation between digestive health and stress. The gut and the brain are constantly communicating and sending signals to one another.

    Have you ever felt like you were punched in the gut after receiving awful news? Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous about something? These reactions happen for a reason.

    An imbalanced intestine can send signals to the brain, just as an imbalanced brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach pains can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.[4]

    So, the next time you have an unexplained stomach ache, your stress levels could be the culprit. Avoid foods that can irritate your stomach and aggravate the symptoms of stress, like refined sugars and fried foods. I like to take acidophilus regularly which helps to increase healthy bacteria in the gut.

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    Lastly, I encourage you to create a daily Kundalini yoga practice. Kundalini yoga is great for stimulating the flow of energy in the body. There are specific Kundalini exercises that support healthy digestion, some of which include Breath of Fire, Stretch Pose, and Sat Kriya.

    3. Depression

    Stress is a normal response to positive and negative life experiences. However, if you have trouble coping with stress over the long-term, you can put yourself at risk for developing depression. Sustained or chronic stress leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, and reduced serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine.[5]

    When you experience heightened levels of stress, you are more likely to experience a low mood. Unfortunately, a low mood will make you more prone to not engaging in healthy activities, like exercising and eating well. As a result, your mood will suffer even more.

    This toxic spiraling effect is what causes a lot of people to experience symptoms of depression, like fatigue, anxiety, loss of appetite, or in severe cases, suicidal thoughts.

    COVID-19 has put a lot of people at risk for depression. With everything that is currently going on in the world, people are more susceptible to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness which can precipitate the onset of depression.

    One of the best ways to prevent yourself from falling into a spiral of sadness is to seek professional help. A psychologist or a coach can help you navigate through the difficult times and give you tools for reducing stress and anxiety.

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    Secondly, create a daily mindfulness-based practice and make it a non-negotiable. Mindfulness can be in the form of meditation, yoga, dancing, tai chi, or breathwork.

    Practicing mindfulness helps you reprogram negative thoughts and reassess difficult experiences with a more calm mind.

    Don’t Allow Stress to Take Over Your Life

    You have two choices—you can either let stressors suffocate your health and well-being, or you can transform your wounds into wisdom and rewrite a new story.

    If you’re scared, it’s okay. You’re human. Allow yourself to feel everything, but don’t lose yourself in the mess. Take a deep breath and trust that your strength is greater than any struggle.

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